Fresh from the mountains

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I’ve long been a fan of the Juniper Ridge line of incense–I currently have cedar, juniper, white sage and piñon. Recently, the folks at Juniper Ridge sent me a bottle of their Big Sur Cabin Spray as a sample and I wasn’t disappointed.  It’s described as:

“Fragrance from real plants, bark, moss and mushroom and other things found hiking the backcountry. An Aromatic snapshot of life on the trail.”

Sounds divine, right? And for this East Coast girl, it is! The Cabin Sprays are a nice alternative for anyone who wants the natural smell of the mountains, but who can’t handle burning incense. It also makes a wonderful powder room spray.

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Honey as face wash? DIY

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In the past few years I’ve been on a mission to de-toxify my life. This means eating better, using less chemicals in my home and on my person and choosing to surround myself with supportive and positive people, among other things.  It’s been a journey and some of these changes have been more successful than others. The homemade shampoo I made didn’t work out so well for me (more on that later though), but using baking soda and vinegar to de-gunk my drains has been working out fabulously.

One of the latest changes I’ve made has been to use honey as a face wash. Yup, I said honey and it’s changed my skin! A couple of months ago, I was doing some Internet research on homemade face cleansers and I came across a blog (sorry, I don’t remember what blog) that touted honey as a face wash. I was skeptical at first, but I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did!

As I’ve gotten older, my skin has gotten drier…but, I still have oily skin too. It’s pretty maddening. I need oil and zit control, but most cleansers dry me out too much–especially in the winter.  Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and moisturizing. It’s pretty much perfect for my whole face.  After using it for 1-2 months now, my skin is smooth and soft in ways it hasn’t been since I was younger.

What I do

Twice a day, I squeeze a tablespoon of honey into a damp washcloth. In circular motions, I scrub my face, avoiding my eyes and my hair.  I rinse the washcloth off and wipe off the honey and then I splash water on my face for a better rinse.

That’s it. Simple, non-toxic, cheaper than fancy face wash, effective and amazing.

I so recommend everyone try this and if you do, I’d love to hear your results.

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Diy Shampoo Recipe

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I decided to make my own shampoo 1) to save money and 2) to reduce the amounts of chemicals in my personal care products. I already use shampoos that are SLS-free, but they are pretty expensive and I’m not completely sure about all the other unpronounceable things in the ingredient list.

So, I used this recipe to make my own homemade shampoo, which is partly based on a recipe my friend Kris told me she uses, but with the addition of the grapeseed oil and essential oil.

1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I used Dr. Bronner’s). Here’s a how-to to make your own liquid Castile soap.
1/2 cup of distilled water. Make your own distilled water too.
1 tsp grapeseed oil
essential oil (your choice. I used Rosewood and used about 10 drops)

I did find this recipe to leave my hair a little too oily, so I made it again and left out the grapeseed oil (shoulda listened to Kris in the 1st place). I have been adding a little jojoba oil or vitamin E oil to my ends as needed instead. I can see where someone with thick, coarse hair (the complete opposite of mine) might need the added oil in the original recipe. I suggest making smaller batches of each and see which one works better for you. I’ve also been using a vinegar and water rinse as a conditioner and detangler. The whole process leaves my hair shiny, smooth, less frizzy and with more body than OTC shampoos.

*Additional Tips:

Please make sure to use distilled water as using tap water may introduce bacteria. Additionally, I suggest keeping this mixture in the fridge, as the coconut milk will go bad, and using a small travel shampoo bottle that you can fill up whenever you wash your hair.

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Detox your beauty regime

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In first  issue of Joie, Amanda Cook from Vintage Savoir Faire shares an article about DIY Beauty with tips and tricks for detoxing your beauty regime, and she knows a thing or tow about the subject. Amanda  has had an interest in  making her own bath & beauty goods for some time, but is now undertaking a year long beauty detox & sharing it on her blog. She started by chucking all her store bought  beauty products and is experimenting with ones she makes herself from natural ingredients….much of it is stuff she can pull from her kitchen cupboards.  Amanda actually shares a recipe for a Mint & Coconut Sugar Scrub in Joie. Amanda’s article starts on page 50 and you can read it below.

As someone who attempts to reduce my family’s exposure to yucky chemicals, I will be trying it out for sure.  Here are some other homemade bath & body recipes and tutorials you may be interested in.

  1. Summer Soap Making from Rhythm of the Home
  2. Lemon Honey Body Scrub from Craftbits
  3. Homemade Face Masks from ModLife
  4. Homemade Deodorant from How About Orange
  5. Rosemary Walnut Shampoo and Vinegar Rinse from Natural Beauty Workshop
  6. Mondo Bath Bombs from Soap Queen
  7. Gentle Facial Exfoliant from Craft Gossip
  8. Homemade Hydrating Body Oil from Spa Magazine
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Haiti Relief Fundraiser Auction Day 10 – Last Day!

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Today is the last auction benefit the Red Cross International Response Fund!

You can still bid on Day 9 Auction items as well until January 27th at 11:59 pm EST, so let’s make it count! Be sure to visit the Haiti Relief Fundraiser page for all the details about the donaters and the auction particulars.

How does it Work? Each day I will share a new batch of items you can bid on via the comments. You will be able to see everyone’s bids and rebid if you get outbid. The highest bidder will win the item and pledges the amount bid towards the Red Cross International Response Fund. The item will then be sent out in the mail to you from the artist, crafter or designer who donated it.

How to Bid. Leave a comment on this post with the following:

  • your name
  • your email address
  • the item number
  • your bid amount

Keep checking back throughout the day to see if you have been outbid. I will do my best to keep up with moderating comments, so you will be able to see everyone else’s bids. If you are outbid, rebid! You may bid on multiple items, just be prepared to win! The goal is to raise as much money as possible!

Item # 1 Tree Print w/ Rachel Carson quote from Earmark Invitations

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts” ~ Rachel Carson.  A gorgeous print with a distressed design and a large illustrated tree. It is simple and beautiful and we hope you agree. Print is 8″ x 10″ and is matted in a 11 x 14 double mat with a laid texture. Valued at $20

Bid on it and make it yours! The bidding period for this item will close January, 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Item # 2  Spinning World Necklace from Sherry Truitt

The spinning world is a seasonal diagram found in the front pages of a 1935 world atlas. This is the view of earth called, spring begins. It’s a great piece for new beginnings. The world is forever preserved in domed magnifying resin and is set in a 16mm sterling silver loop bezel and hung by a 1.5mm, 16″ long sterling beaded chain. This necklace is ready to ship in a signature box. Valued at $40

Bid on it and make it yours! The bidding period for this item will close January, 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Item # 3 Charcoal Soap and Squalane from Zaja Natural

This listing is for 2 sets of 1 charcoal soap and 1 squalane each. There will be 2 winners–the 2 top bidders will each win a set. The charcoal soap is a gentle facial bar that will leave your skin feeling smooth and thoroughly cleansed without stripping your skin of its natural moisture. Perfect for all skin types. The squalane  is a clear, odorless and colorless oil of very low polarity that is perfect for moisturizing your skin. Squalane is believed to boost the skin’s ability to naturally regenerate, nourish, hydrate, oxygenate and protect itself. Valued at $33.50

Bid on it and make it yours! The bidding period for this item will close January, 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Item # 4 – Vase from Plays with Mud

Sweet little rustic-inspired vase, perfect for pencils or flowers.  Approximately 4″ tall and 3.5″ in diameter.  The glaze breaks along the text, making the variation and design of this vase completely unique.  The text reads “you make the world a brighter place”, because you’re making the world brighter by participating in this auction. Valued at $15

Bid on it and make it yours! The bidding period for this item will close January, 28th at 11:59 pm EST.

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Gifts for Girls from the Holiday Indie Fixx Galleria

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Here are some great gift ideas of girls from the Holiday Indie Fixx Galleria

The Holiday Galleria is a curated showcase put together by me and it’s filled with all sorts of awesome gift ideas as well as coupon & discount codes.

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  1. Piper Tate
  2. Jenulence
  3. bagatelles and co
  4. Monkey & Squirrel
  5. Phydeaux Designs
  6. WristieLove

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  1.  The Sea Within
  2. Academy J Bands
  3. Track and Field
  4. Heidi & Seek
  5. Bidwell Botanicals
  6. Nicole Lee Designs
  7. The Garbologist’s Wife
  8. garbella
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Meet our sponsors: Etsy Green & Clean Guild

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The Etsy Green and Clean Guild is a group of Etsy sellers who specialize in soapmaking, perfume, cosmetics and herbal products. There’s over 25 members offering everything from soap and body butter to perfume and lip balms.  No need to weed through thousands of shops on Etsy looking for well-crafted quality bath & body goods, just visit Etsy Green and Clean Guild for a list of all the particiapting shops.

Plus, during the entire month of November, the Etsy Green and Clean Guild will be offering special deals. Each Sunday kicks off a new week’s promotion, so check back often to see what the deal is and which shops are participating!

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My recap of Crafty Bastards 2009

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Last Saturday, October 3rd I attended the Crafty Bastard Arts & Crafts Fair in DC. After driving for 2 hours and getting lost (thanks to the great directions from google maps and to Robert, my fab navigator & friend) and taking off my wool socks (it was not 60 degrees after all, like I thought it would be, but closer to 80 degrees), I was ready to get out of the car and get exploring to find me some crafty bastards.

And I sure did. It was pretty crowded, so there were actually a lot of vendors I couldn’t even get in to see (some of them my friends and acquaintances), but here are some of my favorites from all the pics I took. Some of them are familiar old faces and some were new to me.

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President masks from Pellinore Press.

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Jewelry from Elisa Shere.

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Honeybee Mine Soap from 8th Street Soap Kitchen. I bought a bar and it’s amazing!

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Animal portrait prints from Berkley Illustration.

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Cases from Final Approach.

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Lunch kits from Glue & Glitter.

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Plush from My Paper Crane.

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Pillows and shades from Home Sweet.

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Brooches from dandelionblu.

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Camp fire discovery tote from  Helicopter Studios.

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Highlights from the Summertime Galleria

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The Summertime Indie Fixx Galleria is drawing to a close soon, just as summer is for us in the northern hemisphere. There are still a couple weeks left for the Summertime edition though, so I thought this week and next I’d share all the shops with you as well as feature some of their goods that I am liking. I will highlight 1/2 of the shops this and the other 1/2 next week.

Btw, the Fall edition of the Indie Fixx Galleria is just around the corner. It will debut on September 16th and if you would like to participate, see the particulars on how you can apply at the end of this post.

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1. Mama’s Little Babies ::::: 2. Monkey & Squirrel ::::: 3. Metalsgirl ::::: 4. Dana and carol ::::: 5. Alison Tauber  ::::: 6. wearableJULES ::::: 7. Silver Tree Art ::::: 8. Jorgensen Studio ::::: 9. Earthy Beginnings ::::: 10. Vadjutka ::::: 11. smidgebox designs ::::: 12. Dog Bone Art ::::: 13. Bidwell Botanicals ::::: 14. Small Bird ::::: 15. Lasso’d Moon Designs ::::: 16. Bread & Badger ::::: 17. Yeah Hello ::::: 18. Harrilu ::::: 19. Boh Bon Soap Company ::::: 20. ShanaLogic

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Call for Submissions: Fall Into Indie Fixx Galleria – September 16th – October 31st
Apply now — Spots are only $20! All types of goods will be considered including: handmade, vintage, indie-made & boutiques that carry handmade & indie-made goods. The deadline to apply (the Galleria is juried) is September 12th and applicants will be notified on or by the 12th if they are accepted.  To apply: send me an email with your url and/or 2-3 images of your work.

The Indie Fixx Galleria is a periodic juried showcase that I curate to highlight indie shops, their goods and to promote handmade and indie made goods in general.

 

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Decadence is so Gloi

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I was recently lucky enough to try some samples of Haus of Gloi bath & body goods. Their motto is ‘ethereal bathing goods’ and boy they aren’t kidding. The Honey Tree Sugar Creme Emulsifying Scrub is especially heavenly and luscious.  It’s a great exfoliant and smells just divine. I used mine every day just so I could smell it!

I also tried some Haus of Gloi soaps. Made using the cold-process (no soap bases) with natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut milk, clay, essential oils, herbs and skin-safe colorants they were perfectly okay for my sensitive skin. I really like the unique offerings as well. Like absinthe, which is made with soft mint, lemon balm & wormwood. And satyr, made with blood orange, black vanilla & charcoal.

I am what Mr. Indie Fixx calls a soap snob and Gloi soaps definitely pass the soap snob test.  I will be buying some for sure.

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